NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport keeps growing and servicing even more passengers than pre-Katrina.
According to the airport, last year 9,785,394 passengers traveled through New Orleans. The figure from 2004, the year before Hurricane Katrina, saw 9,733,178 passengers.
"Our city is on a roll, and the airport is booming with more direct flights than ever before and more passengers than before Katrina," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
Airport representatives say there has been five consecutive years of growth, and the 2014 passenger numbers mark what they call, "a significant milestone."
There are currently 13 airlines that provide non-stop flights to 45 destinations, including three international ones. In 2014, passengers were able to fly non-stop from New Orleans to cities like San Diego, Montego Bay, Seattle, Newport News. New non-stop destinations in 2015 include San Antonio, Oakland, and Cincinnati, among others.
"New Orleans' airport handles 80.3 percent of Louisiana's overall passengers," Director of Aviation Iftikhar Ahmad said. "With five years of continued growth, we have broken numerous records including our total number of non-stops and U.S. enplanement ranking, but surpassing pre-Katrina passenger numbers was the most important to our team."
"Our team has worked very hard this year to manage costs and implement aggressive incentives to further increase air service for our community," Aviation Board Chairwoman Cheryl Teamer said. "I am thrilled to see these efforts come to fruition."